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Subjecti915 completely broken with KMS off

I just upgraded my kernel on a machine with i915 and it has
started crashing constantly with messages like this:

BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)
IP: [<(null)>] (null)
PGD 10c441067 PUD 1185e5067 PMD 0
Oops: 0010 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
last sysfs file: /sys/class/dmi/id/chassis_asset_tag
Modules linked in: i915 drm_kms_helper drm fb fbdev i2c_algo_bit cfbcopyarea video backlight output cfbimgblt cfbfillrect autofs4 ipv6 nfs lockd fscache nfs_acl auth_rpcgss sunrpc coretemp hwmon_vid mousedev usbhid hid option usb_wwan snd_hda_codec_via asus_atk0110 atl1e usbserial snd_hda_intel snd_hda_codec firmware_class snd_hwdep snd_pcm snd_seq snd_timer snd_seq_device processor parport_pc thermal snd thermal_sys parport 8250_pnp button rng_core rtc_cmos shpchp hwmon rtc_core ehci_hcd pci_hotplug uhci_hcd soundcore tpm_tis i2c_i801 rtc_lib tpm serio_raw snd_page_alloc tpm_bios i2c_core usbcore psmouse intel_agp sg pcspkr sr_mod evdev cdrom ext3 jbd mbcache dm_mod sd_mod ata_piix libata scsi_mod unix
Jan 18 15:49:29 lithui kernel:
Pid: 3605, comm: Xorg Not tainted #5 P5KPL-CM/System Product Name
RIP: 0010:[<0000000000000000>] [<(null)>] (null)
RSP: 0018:ffff8801150d1d40 EFLAGS: 00010202
RAX: 000000000001ffff RBX: ffff88011a011b00 RCX: 000000000001a704
RDX: ffff880118566028 RSI: ffff880118566028 RDI: ffff880117876800
RBP: ffff8801150d1d48 R08: ffff8801195fe300 R09: 00000000c0086444
R10: 0000000000000001 R11: 0000000000003206 R12: ffff880117876800
R13: ffff880118566000 R14: ffff880117876820 R15: ffff8801150d1df8
FS: 00007f1038d456e0(0000) GS:ffff880001780000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033
CR2: 0000000000000000 CR3: 00000001187e7000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
Process Xorg (pid: 3605, threadinfo ffff8801150d0000, task ffff88011b016e40)
ffffffffa043b8e6 ffff8801150d1d98 ffffffffa041768b dead000000000000
<0> 0000000000000048 00007f1023f2a000 0000000000000044 0000000000000008
<0> ffff88010d26bd80 ffff880117876800 ffff8801150d1df8 ffff8801150d1ea8
Call Trace:
[<ffffffffa043b8e6>] ? intel_ring_advance+0x16/0x20 [i915]
[<ffffffffa041768b>] i915_irq_emit+0x15b/0x240 [i915]
[<ffffffffa03ea7b1>] drm_ioctl+0x1f1/0x460 [drm]
[<ffffffffa0417530>] ? i915_irq_emit+0x0/0x240 [i915]
[<ffffffff810dd8f1>] ? do_sync_read+0xd1/0x120
[<ffffffff81025b1f>] ? do_page_fault+0x1df/0x3d0
[<ffffffff810ed5c7>] do_vfs_ioctl+0x97/0x550
[<ffffffff8115c2ea>] ? security_file_permission+0x7a/0x90
[<ffffffff810edb19>] sys_ioctl+0x99/0xa0
[<ffffffff810024ab>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
Code: Bad RIP value.
RIP [<(null)>] (null)
RSP <ffff8801150d1d40>
CR2: 0000000000000000
---[ end trace 20c59dd8ff2fd5b6 ]---

The cause is this changeset:

commit 8187a2b70e34c727a06617441f74f202b6fefaf9
Author: Zou Nan hai <>
Date: Fri May 21 09:08:55 2010 +0800

drm/i915: introduce intel_ring_buffer structure (V2)

This changeset completely broke i915 without KMS because the new
intel_ring_buffer structure is never initialised with KMS off,
unless the ioctl I915_GEM_ENTERVT is invoked.

So without invoking that ioctl, the kernel will always crash
whenever the i915 driver dereferences pointers on the render_ring
data structure.

Or is this a hint to get people to convert to KMS :)

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